Loyola University Maryland

Department of Psychology

Christopher I. Higginson, Ph.D.

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Christopher HigginsonAssociate Professor of Psychology

Director Masters Education - Practitioner Track

Center for the Prevention and Rehabilitation of Brain Injury and Disease (CPRBID) - Loyola Clinical Centers

Office: Beatty Hall, Room 221B
Telephone: 410-617-2461
Email: CIHigginson@loyola.edu

Curriculum Vitae, 2011 


  • B.S. (Psychology, summa cum laude), Washington State University
  • M.S. (Clinical Psychology), Washington State University
  • Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology), Washington State University
  • Predoctoral Internship, Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of Neurology, University of Kansas Medical Center
  • Licensed Psychologist in Maryland, Delaware & Pennsylvania

Scholarly Interests:

My area of specialization within clinical psychology is adult neuropsychology. My specific research interests are: 1) the degree to which cognitive measures are predictive of daily function (i.e. ecological validity); and 2) degenerative diseases in general, and the cognitive deficits associated with Parkinson's disease and its surgical treatment.

Representative Publications:

Lloyd, K. P., Higginson, C. I., Lating, J. M., & Coiro, M. J. (in press). Test order effects: A memory test
      has a significant effect on verbal fluency. Applied Neuropsychology.

Farley, K. L., Higginson, C. I., Sherman, M. F., & MacDougall, E. (2011). The ecological validity of
     clinical tests of visuospatial function in community-dwelling older adults.  Archives of Clinical
, 18, 110-115.

Higginson, C. I., Wheelock, V. L., Levine, D., King, D. S., Pappas, C. T. E., & Sigvardt, K. A. (2011).
     Predictors of HVOT performance in Parkinson’s disease. Applied Neuropsychology, 18, 210-215.
     doi: 10.1080/09084282.2011.59544
Higginson, C. I., Johnson-Greene, D., & *Langrall, S. (2010). Neurocognitive predictors of
     performance on a telephone task following stroke. Journal of Clinical and Experimental
, 32, 528-535. doi:10.1080/13803390903310982  

Yantz, C. L., Johnson-Greene, D., Higginson, C. I., & Emmerson, L. (2010). Functional cooking skills
     and neuropsychological functioning in patients with stroke: An ecological validity study.
     Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 20, 725-738. doi:10.1080/09602011003765690 

Higginson, C. I., Wheelock, V. L., Levine, D., King, D. S., Pappas, C. T. E., & Sigvardt, K. A. (2009).
     The clinical significance of neuropsychological changes following bilateral subthalamic nucleus
     deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s disease. Journal of Clinical and Experimental
, 31, 65-72.

Higginson, C. I., Wheelock, V. L., Levine, D., King, D. S., Pappas, C. T. E., & Sigvardt, K. A. (2008).
     Cognitive deficits in essential tremor consistent with frontosubcortical dysfunction. Journal of
     Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology,
30, 760-765.

Course offerings:

PY101: Introductory Psychology
PY331: Biopsychology
PY332: Introduction to Human Neuropsychology
PY333: Sensation and Perception
PY814: Biological Bases of Behavior
PY886: Neuropsychological Assessment
PY925: Clinical Assessment